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Serial paedophile Barry Bennell will be sentenced on Monday for 50 child sex offences.

While some o..

By admin , in UK , at February 16, 2018

Serial paedophile Barry Bennell will be sentenced on Monday for 50 child sex offences.

While some of his victims have now got justice, they also have many questions for the football clubs that should have protected them from him.

Bennell was a scout for Manchester City in the 1980s and a youth coach at Crewe Alexandra, roles that gave him unfettered access to hundreds of schoolboy footballers who dreamed of careers in the professional game.

This latest trial – his fourth conviction for child sex offences – heard evidence that he abused players at his home, on football trips to north Wales, Spain and the USA and even at Crewe's Gresty Road ground.

Man City started an independent review of its links to Bennell when these latest allegations first surfaced in November 2016 and the club is urging anyone who was abused to come forward in complete confidence.

Video:Bennell victims: 'You are nothing to us'

Crewe Alexandra issued a statement upon his latest conviction denying they had ever had any knowledge of his offending and insisting that if they had they would have informed the authorities at the time.

But one ex footballer who was abused by Bennell disputes this and has told Sky News that "they knew, one million per cent".

Bennell left Crewe twice in the 1980s for "football-related reasons" and was even given a character reference afterwards which he used to secure a role as a youth football coach in Staffordshire.

His victims have described him as "god" and as having had a "power-hold" over the young boys he coached.

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He followed court proceedings via a video link due to illness but will be brought to court on Monday for sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court.

His victims are convinced that if the football authorities had been doing their job correctly in the first place back then he would have been stopped much, much sooner.

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